Soozapalooza, an annual party I host featuring some of my favorite bands is almost here. This year the v3 installment is happening on my 39th birthday this Friday, January 20th at TT”s in Central Square, Cambridge. The night features three of my favorite bands: Good Night, States (from Pittsburgh), The Phil Aiken Army and Somerville Symphony Orkestar. After the bands, it’s karaoke time with The People’s Karaoke.
Soozapalooza, an annual party I host featuring some of my favorite bands is almost here. This year the v3 installment is happening on my 39th birthday this Friday, January 20th at TT The Bear’s Place in Central Square, Cambridge. The night features three of my favorite bands: Good Night, States (from Pittsburgh), The Phil Aiken Army and Somerville Symphony Orkestar. After the bands, it’s karaoke time with The People’s Karaoke.
If you follow me on Twitter and/or we’re friends on Facebook, then you already know how much I LOVE Pittsburgh’s Good Night, States. L-O-V-E. They performed at the first Soozapalooza in 2010 and I’m more than just a little excited that they’re back this year. A-M-A-Z-I-N-G. The music below is from the band’s earlier releases. They’ll be performing music from their new, not-yet-released album at Soozapalooza.
The Phil Aiken Army
Phil Aiken released his first EP recently with The Phil Aiken Army and a full-length album is in the works. If you want to hear supercharged pop songs with an all-star cast of players, you definitely need to be at Soozapalooza on Friday to see The Phil Aiken Army. Oh, snap — more A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!
Phil Aiken and friends covering “The Shape I’m In” at the Cover Up
Somerville Symphony Orkestar
There’s no better way to start a party than with the all-original Eastern European punk funk band from the Slavic heart of Greater Boston — also known as Somerville Symphony Orkestar. The band describes it better than I could: The SSO spectacle is a carnivalized punk show that turns its audiences into equal parts mosh-pit and horah. Complex six-piece arrangements reign in the chaos only to explode in shuddering “fun-gasm” after “fun-gasm.”
Don’t be surprised if Penelope the elephant makes an appearance during Somerville Symphony Orkestar’s performance.
There are few things more awesome than making your way through Harvard Yard while hearing the old soul rock and roll sounds of OldJack hitting you from from Harvard Square. The band performed on the main stage at this year’s 33rd Annual Oktoberfest in Harvard Square.
I shot event photography at OUTSPOKEN, part of Queer Women of Color and Friends annual QWOC Week.
Last year I tagged along with friends to an event called OUTSPOKEN at Precinct. It was part of Boston’s Queer Women of Color and Friends’ “QWOC Week.” I’ll confess, whenever I heard the words “spoken word” it’s not something I would generally seek out for an event. But OUTSPOKEN was good, very good. I learned about London Bridgez — and now when someone says “spoken word” I’m not so quick to judge. I happened to have my camera with me last year and shot a bunch of photos.
My event planning company Awesome Office Party has teamed up with WorkBar to host a party for those of us who never get holiday office parties: freelancers, consultants, free agents and solopreneurs. It’s called Free Agent Holiday Party and festivities happen on Thursday, December 9th at WorkBar, an office share and coworking community in downtown Boston near South Station.
This is an event I’ve wanted to organize for many years and I’m excited it’s coming to life. It will no doubt be the first of many as this sort of party needs to happen every year … and not just in Boston!
If you work on your own and want to get out for a work party where you don’t have to worry about embarrassing yourself in front of your boss, please join us. There will be beer and cocktails, food (for vegans and vegetarians, too), giveaways, merriment and music by DJ Nomadik.
[tweetmeme] Todd Vanhoosear and I are coworking at Design Annex on Friday and we thought we’d invite others to join us. It’s happening 9am-12noon on Friday, July 30th. If you’d like to join us, post a comment here, send me an email or text message or RSVP on the Facebook invitation. Space is limited so let us know if you’d like to join us. We’ll get lunch somewhere around Union Square at noon. My suggestion is of course Ronnarong; but there are other options, too including Cantina La Mexicana and Precinct. I wish The Independent was open for lunch!
If you can’t make it on Friday, Design Annex hosts a monthly brown bag lunch and coworking afternoon on the third Thursday of every month. For more information and to RSVP, check out the event page. The next coworking afternoon is coming up on Thursday, August 19th.
Photos of two of my cohorts who also work at Design Annex:
(L) Julia Frenkle-Kunelius / Opus Design; (R) Iliana Rabago / Lex Creative
I’m helping The OneVille Project host an event for Somerville bloggers that will bring together Somerville area online media makers for a discussion about how to better connect all of Somerville with news and information that parents and kids need. For example, there are a lot of summer programs available for kids but not all parents necessarily know about the opportunities for their kids and the information is not always available in the parents’ home language.
If you are a Somerville blogger who is curious about this event that will be happening in a couple weeks at Design Annex in Union Square, Somerville — let me know. The date should be finalized soon — most likely it’s going to be Thursday, July 22nd, 6:30-8:30pm. The RSVP page for the event will be open to any Somerville blogger who wants to attend just as soon as the details are finalized.
What is The OneVille Project? Here’s how the project describes itself on the OneVille website:
We believe strongly that to pursue young people’s success, people who share communities need to communicate about how young people are doing and work together to provide opportunities to every child.
Right now, we’re learning from folks across Somerville, MA about existing communications and relationships affecting young people. Mica Pollock, a Somerville parent and faculty at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, started us off and leads our research.
We are now a community research team supported by a two year planning grant from the Ford Foundation, to pilot projects in partnership with the school district, the city, and Somerville’s rich network of young people, agencies, teachers, families, and volunteers.
Over the next 1.5 years, we hope to learn from everything already going on in Somerville and to make recommendations for tools and strategies that support ongoing conversation and partnership among the people in Somerville young people’s lives. We also hope to offer other cities ideas for how diverse communities can partner in student success in the 21st century.
Update: Someone asked me if you need to be a parent blogger to attend — not at all! The only “requirement” is that you’re a Somerville blogger interested in the topic(s).
[tweetmeme] Design Annex, the coworking space for creatives in Union Square Somerville that I work out of hosts a monthly open coworking afternoon on the third Thursday of every month. The next one is coming up this week on Thursday, February 17th. Bring your lunch to eat 12-1 and then the space remains open to guests for coworking until 5:30pm.
Design Annex is a shared office space managed by Mimi Graney and Union Square Main Streets for creative professionals including graphic designers, writers, photographers, architects, etc.
Directions to Design Annex
Design Annex is located on Union Square Plaza, upstairs from Precinct. There is a metered lot immediately beside the building and free resident-only parking on surrounding streets. Less than 1½ miles from Harvard, Kendall, Porter, Central and Sullivan Squares, Design Annex is served by buslines 85, 86, 87, 88, 91 & the CT-2.
Ever go out to see a band and you have to endure a bunch of not-so-great bands first? This is not one of those nights. All of the bands are exceptional. If you haven’t seen Do Not Forsake Me Oh My Darling yet — go! Only Mike and Sophia can so awesomely pull off a two-person band with just drums and bass guitar. This is also one of those shows that will remind you how lucky we are to live in a town with the kind of music scene that lets you see a full night of great music on a Wednesday for eight bucks. (What!?) (more info about the show on Facebook)
Bass-drums duo Do Not Forsake Me Oh My Darling played their first full live set last year — and they were far and away the best project of ’09 that was inspired by the ’60s spy serial “The Prisoner“. I was there at that show, and they rock out with an arty, punky minimalism that doesn’t require anything extra.
I’m hosting the 1st Annual Soozapalooza at Precint on Saturday, January 23rd, 2010 in my neighborhood of Union Square, Somerville. It’s a few parts birthday party (I turn 37 on January 20th) and a celebration of my favorite music. And there will be bourbon. A lot of bourbon.
Some of my favorite Boston bands will be joining the festivities including Ryan Walsh from Hallelujah The Hills, Houndstone plus special guests Good Night, States will be in town from Pittsburgh. The Soozapalooza Supergroup featuring a group of Boston musicians will cover some of my favorite songs by The Cult, The Rolling Stones, LL Cool J, Edie Brickell & New Bohemians and more. So far the group includes Ashley Willard ofBoston Band Crush, Dan Nicklin of Old Jack, Johnny Arguedas of The Sneaks, Tim Atkins of Trucker Mouth — and more, to be announced soon.
The night kicks off at 8pm including my homemade chocolate truffles and coconut rum sorbet (who cares it’s January!) The first half of the music will be all about the indie and the pop with Ryan Walsh (Hallelujah The Hills) and Good Night States. The second half of the night is all about the rock and roll with the Soozapalooza Supergroup and Houndstone. Festivities will end with late night karaoke from 1-2AM.
[tweetmeme] My Free Agent Jungle project took a little break over the summer plus an extra month or two. The monthly Boston networking lunch for freelancers is back with the next event on Thursday, November 19th at Tavern In The Square (Porter Square, Cambridge.) If you work on your own as a freelancer, free agent or consultant in the Boston area, you’re invited to join us. It’s not just for people working in web, tech or social media worlds. People from diverse backgrounds attend the lunch: writers, publicists, architects, technologists, attorneys, graphic designers, marketers, engineers, etc.
Learn more about the lunch on the Free Agent Jungle website. Let me know if you have any questions.